Posted on: 23 January 2015Share
Does your office building have windows that allow in a large amount of sunlight? While that sunlight may keep your office bright, it can also do some serious damage. Sunlight can inflate the temperature in your office, forcing your air conditioner to work harder to reach your desired temperature. It can also cause furniture, carpet, and other design elements to fade, meaning that you'll have to replace them frequently. Finally, sunlight can be plain annoying, especially if it's creating glare on computer monitors.
There are steps you can take to reduce the amount of sunlight that's coming in. Here are three popular ways to filter out sunlight:
1. Put awnings outside your building. An awning can be a great way to keep out sunlight and still preserve your view. Awnings hang off the side of the building over each window. They provide natural shade, so sunlight stays out. Best of all, your view is left in tact. If you have a lot of windows, then installing awnings over each one could be costly. Also, awnings will change the physical appearance of your building, so style considerations are important. Finally, if you rent your office space, you'll likely need to work with your landlord to get these installed.
2. Apply window filters. A window filter is simply a thin film that filters out UV rays and other damaging elements in sunlight. It's very much like tint on car windows. Films range in strength. Depending on how much light you want filtered, the film may not even be visible on the window. Most window filters are so transparent that they won't interfere with the window's view. If not applied correctly, a filter could develop unsightly air bubbles underneath the film, so it's important that you hire a professional to do the job.
3. Use motorized blinds. Blinds are obviously a great way to keep sunlight out. However, in an office, you and your employees may not always have time to adjust blinds the way you'd like. Motorized blinds handle that for you. Most motorized blinds are programmable, which means you can set them to be open or closed during certain times of the day.
During sunrise, you can set them to be closed to avoid nasty glare. During mid-day, you could have them partially open to allow some light in while still protecting the office. Later in the day you may wish to open them completely. With motorized blinds, you can set them to match your preferences.
Talk to a motorized blind dealer about how you can protect your office space. They can recommend a solution that meets your needs and budget. To learn more, contact a company like Aero Shade Co. Inc. with any questions you have.